UW Extension bulletin explains soil moisture sensors for irrigation management

Man is looking at a soil moisture sensor in a field.
Vivek Sharma examines a soil moisture sensor used in a Powell Research and Extension Center field.

A new University of Wyoming Extension publication focuses on different methods and techniques of soil moisture measurement and how producers and water managers can determine soil moisture.

“Methods and Techniques for Soil Moisture Monitoring,” B-1331, shows how effective irrigation management combined with more efficient irrigation systems and soil moisture monitoring can lead to more efficient water use and reduced energy costs.

Vivek Sharma, extension irrigation specialist, provides brief descriptions of each soil moisture monitoring method and how sensors operate in order to know which sensors are suitable in a particular production setting and operation. Sharma is an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences in the University of Wyoming and is based at the Powell Research and Extension Center.

The bulletin is available in pdf, HTML or ePub formats. To view or download the bulletin, go to www.uwyo.edu/uwe and click the Find a Publication link and type in the bulletin title or number.

Irrigation rights, methods Pinedale workshop focus

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Copies of the Wyoming Small Acreage Irrigation guide will be available at the seminar.

Water right questions and irrigation methods are among topics at a free small-acreage irrigation seminar Thursday, Sept. 6, in Pinedale.

The session is 6-8:30 p.m. at the Pinedale library.

Other subjects include water law for small acreages, determining how often to irrigate and handling water conflicts with neighbors, said Glenn Owings, University of Wyoming Extension educator in Sublette County.

There is a question-and answer-session, and copies of the Wyoming Small Acreage Irrigation guide published by UW Extension will be available.

RSVPs are requested. To RSVP or for more information, contact the Sublette County Extension office at 307-367-4380.

Variable irrigation, nitrogen effects on corn for silage described in UW Extension bulletin

            The effects of variable irrigation and nitrogen application rates on silage corn yield, and water use efficiency under sprinkler, sub-surface drip irrigation and on-surface drip irrigation systems are discussed in a new University of Wyoming Extension bulletin.

Research at the Powell Research and Extension Center found drip irrigation systems can help save as much as 50 percent on water and also provide high yields.

The free publication Different irrigation systems and nitrogen rates improve yield and water use efficiency of corn silage, B-1326, is available in pdf, HTML and ePub formats. Go to www.edu/uwe and click on Find a Publication. Type in the title or bulletin number.

The bulletin is among many free guides, courses and videos from UW Extension to help extend skills in ranching, irrigation, small acreage management, succession, legacy and estate planning and more. YouTube video series from UW Extension include “Barnyards and Backyards,” “From the Ground Up” and “Exploring the Nature of Wyoming.”

UW Extension bulletin details Wyoming irrigation methods, regulations

A new bulletin from the University of Wyoming Extension helps answer irrigation questions new or existing landowners in Wyoming might have.

Extension educators and specialists and the mediation coordinator in the Wyoming Department of Agriculture collaborated to produce the 40-page “Wyoming Small Acreage Irrigation,” B-1306.

Extension educators often field questions from small-acreage landowners who are new to Wyoming and Wyoming water law or who want help in choosing an appropriate irrigation system for their property, said extension educator Caleb Carter.

“This guide combines all this info into one place, helping answer their questions, while answering others they may not know to ask,” he said.

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UW center near Lingle hosts sugarbeet micronutrient, moisture sensor workshop

Extension irrigation specialist Vivek Sharma. who is based at the Powell Research and Extension Center.

What micronutrients are needed and when by sugarbeets to get maximum yields and soil moisture sensor field demonstrations are topics of a mini-field day 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle.

University of Wyoming Extension irrigation specialist Vivek Sharma will discuss micronutrient applications to sugarbeets.

Research has shown micronutrients can help grow bigger roots, increase leaf area and cause earlier canopy closure with an increased sugar percentage and tonnage per acre, said Caleb Carter, UW Extension educator. The project is in collaboration with Agriscience Technologies.

For the soil moisture sensor project, Sharma has installed several different types and will discuss the differences in their operation, maintenance and data interpretation.

There is no cost for the workshop but RSVPs for lunch would be appreciated, said Carter. Call him at 307-532-2436 to RSVP or with any questions.